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Anthropologists in a Wider World : Essays on Field Research - Paul Dresch

Anthropologists in a Wider World

Essays on Field Research

By: Paul Dresch (Editor), Wendy James (Editor), David Parkin (Editor)

Paperback Published: 2nd October 2000
ISBN: 9781571818003
Number Of Pages: 288

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The tradition of intensive fieldwork by a single anthropologist in one area has been challenged by new emphasis on studying historical patterns, wider regions, and global networks. Some anthropologists have started their careers from the new vantage point, amidst a chorus of claims for innovative methodologies. Others have lived through these changes of perspective and are able to reflect on them, while re-evaluating the place of fieldwork within the broader aims of general anthropology. This book explores these transformations of world view and approach as they have been experienced by anthropological colleagues, a number of whom began their work very much in the earlier tradition. They cover experiences of field research in Africa, Papua New Guinea, South America, Central and South Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Indonesia, Japan and China. Constant through the chapters is a distinctively qualitative empirical approach, once associated with the village but now being developed in relation to large-scale or dispersed communities.

Paul Dresch has been working both on Yemeni history and the ethnography of the Arab Gulf. He taught at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, before being appointed Lecturer in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford. Wendy James has taught at the Universities of Khartoum, Aarhus, and Bergen, and has research experience in the Sudan and Ethiopia. She has published on the history and anthropology of North East Africa and on general topics in religion and politics. She is currently Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford. David Parkin has carried out field research in East Africa since 1962, much of it while at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. Current research interests include Islam, medical anthropology, socio-material prosthesis, and cross-cultural rhetorics. He is the Director of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford.

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..". breaks important ground ... the book brings together experienced veterans of the field encounter for a thoughtful discussion of the nature of anthropological research."����Journal of Anthropological Research

"This book offers a unique insight into the influence of one of the discipline's most important theorists. James and Allen are thoughtful editors...their respect produces the best form of criticism in fourteen essays by British, and other European anthropologists ... This is intriguing and stimulating reading ... Mauss's work receives careful attention in this book which is helpful, incisive, and broadly significant to anthropology."����JRAI

List of Figuresp. ix
Notes on contributorsp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Introduction: Fieldwork and the passage of timep. 1
Indians and cowboys: two field experiencesp. 27
A view from afar: memories of New Guinea Highland warfarep. 45
Beyond the first encounter: transformations of 'the field' in North East Africap. 69
Templates, evocations and the long-term fieldworkerp. 91
Wilderness of mirrors: truth and vulnerability in Middle Eastern fieldworkp. 109
Serendipity: reflections on fieldwork in Chinap. 129
Fieldwork and reflexivity: thoughts from the anthropology of Japanp. 151
Recollections of life crisis: distancing the personalp. 167
Views of Jain historyp. 187
The ethnomusicologist in the wildernessp. 205
Trying to get there: approaches to Indonesiap. 229
The field and the desk: choices and linkagesp. 243
Epilogue: Fieldwork unfoldingp. 259
Bibliographyp. 275
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9781571818003
ISBN-10: 1571818006
Series: Methodology and History in Anthropology
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 2nd October 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.65 x 5.39  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.2

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